Micah laughs off transfer talk

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards cannot understand where reports suggesting he is looking to leave the club have come from.

The 22-year-old England international has already made more than 150 starts for the club and, although he did slip out of Roberto Mancini's first-team plans in the closing weeks of last season, insists he has no desire to leave Eastlands.

"I'm getting sick of reading rumours about myself now," Richards told the Manchester Evening News."We get linked with a different player every day and various players in the City team get linked with different clubs.

"But for us, the main focus is on pre-season and working hard to get in the team.

"The transfer speculation is a topic of conversation among the boys. We aren't going to lie and say it's not.

"We have banter about it sometimes, asking each other: 'Where are we going today? Which player is coming in today to replace us?'

"I don't think it can really faze the boys. What will be, will be. If we play, we play. If we don't, we don't. All you can do is knuckle down, give 100 per cent and hope you get in the team."

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